Primary ITO chief standing down

Primary ITO chief executive Kevin Bryant is resigning after 15 years at the helm.

Announcing the move on March 7, Mr Bryant said the merger with NZITO (dairy manufacturing, meat processing and seafood Industry Training Organisation) on February 1 had strengthened the link between producers and processors.

''So the time has come to think of the future direction of our new, larger, and more capable ITO and I've decided it's time to look for other challenges.

''We need some fresh thinking and energy to lead the ITO through the next phase of growth and it's a natural progression for me to move on to the next stage of my career,'' Mr Bryant said.

He was comforted by the knowledge the ITO was performing strongly, financially secure, and had a passionate, committed and engaged team.

''I am also proud to have played a significant role in the process which has seen six ITOs merge into one `super' ITO.

"Coming into the role of CEO, I had a vision that we could create a commercially sound, professional, high-performing organisation and I believe this vision has, to a large extent, been achieved.''

Primary ITO chairman John Parker said Mr Bryant would be greatly missed.

''On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Kevin for all of his incredibly hard work over his past 15 years at the ITO.''